St Catherine's enjoys a strong reputation for the excellence, inclusivity and variety of its music. All girls are encouraged to get involved, and there are performing opportunities - solo and ensemble - to cater for all abilities and tastes. Academic Music lessons focus on listening and appraising skills as well as composition and performance.
Around 600 individual music lessons are given every week by a team of over 30 Visiting Music Teachers, and the School provides opportunities for all girls to play and sing in the many choral and instrumental ensembles on offer. These include nine choirs, the Symphony Orchestra, Camerata (the school’s top string ensemble), String Orchestra, Concert Band, Wind Band, Flute Choir, Brass Ensemble, Jazz Band, Harp Ensemble, Fife & Drum Band, rock bands and numerous chamber groups. Senior Choir, Camerata, Concert Band and Jazz Band also make regular overseas tours.
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Mr Matthew Greenfield, Director of Music
Mr M Greenfield – Director of Music
Matthew joined St Catherine’s in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Oxford where, amongst other things, he was Assistant Director of the Chapel Choir at Oriel College and a member of a barbershop quartet. Alongside his various roles at St Catherine’s, which include Sixth Form Tutor, timetabler and Physics teacher, Matthew is also Director of Music at the church of Ss Peter & Paul in Godalming. He is semi-active as a composer, arranger, conductor and accompanist, and has directed choirs on tour in a number of cathedrals around the country including Chichester, Canterbury and St Paul’s.
Mr M Blunt – Prep School Director of Music
Matthew studied tuba performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London with LSO tuba player Patrick Harrild. Whilst there, he gained positions as the Principal tuba of the Britten Pears Young Artist Programme, the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. After graduating with honours, he gained a fellowship at the Royal Academy with his award winning brass ensemble, Total Brass. Alongside this, he had a portfolio career of teaching, performing and conducting in and around London. He has worked with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House, BBC NOW, European Philharmonic of Switzerland, Holland Park Opera and City of London Sinfonia. Matthew joined the school in 2016, and carries on playing on recording sessions for films, game soundtracks and many other interesting projects to bring back and enlighten the girls’ experience of the world of music. As well as directing ensembles within the school, he goes to London every week to conduct the UCL Wind Band.
Mr D Appleby - Head of Keyboard
Duncan is a pianist, tenor and organist from Edinburgh. He moved to London in 2014 for his Master’s degree at the Royal College of Music, where he studied with Kathron Sturrock and Roger Vignoles. His passion for all things music has led to diverse performances with many choirs and orchestras as well as smaller ensembles. In a recent concert Duncan accompanied a choir singing the Duruflé Requiem on the organ, and also performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor. He has performed Tippett’s demanding song cycle The Heart’s Assurance with soprano Ruth Hopkins in recitals around the UK. Duncan and Ruth have also attended a residency at the Banff Centre in Canada, supported by the Nicholas Boas Charitable Trust. Apart from music, Duncan enjoys learning languages and baking.
Mrs D Burt – Head of Woodwind and Brass
Denise Burt studied at Trinity College of Music, London (now Trinity Laban) with Harold Clarke and later with Susan Milan and Patricia Morris. She has performed at numerous Music Societies and Festivals throughout the country, including ‘St George’s’, Brandon Hill and ‘Eastnor Castle,’ and has free-lanced with a variety of orchestras and ensembles. Denise has broadcast on Radio 2 and Classic FM and has given recitals at many prestigious venues including the Purcell Room, St. James Piccadilly and St Martin- in- the- Fields. She has recorded CD’s at the famous Snape Maltings with ‘Sheherazade’ (Soprano, Flute and Harp) and enjoys playing her flute in musicals and at functions. Since leaving College Denise has combined performing with a successful teaching career and as well as being Temporary Head of Woodwind and Brass at St. Catherine’s she is also flute teacher at St George’s Ascot, Wellington College and Hall Grove.
Mrs V Crocker – Head of Vocal Studies
Vanessa won a Choral Scholarship to London University and on graduating won a Heilbut Scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music. On leaving she studied with Erich Vietheer and Geoffrey Parsons and won the G.L.A. Young Musician of the Year Competition which led to her Purcell Room debut. Since then she has sung as soloist in all the major London Concert Halls. Ensemble work has been with BBC Singers and the Songmaker's Almanac. Her career has taken her all over Britain, to Europe and to America singing opera, oratorio, recitals and working with several well known conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Kent Nagano, Sir Charles Groves, Pierre Boulez and Yehudi Menuhin. She is also a Music Festival adjudicator and was for 20 years an examiner for ABRSM.
Mrs S Loya – Head of Strings
Silja has been Head of Strings at St Catherine’s since 2008. Originally from Finland, she received a Violin Teacher’s Certificate from the Tampere Conservatory in 1997 followed by music studies in Israel 1998 to 2001 with the distinguished violin professors Yair Kless and Irina Svetlova at Tel Aviv University (Israel). She took part in Chautauqua Musica Festival in the US in 1998 & 1999 on a full scholarship.
After moving to London in 2001, she attained a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance from Royal College of Music in 2002. During 2001-2008 her career as a freelance musician took her around the UK and she regularly performed with orchestras and ensembles, such as Philharmonia, RPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic and English Sinfonia, She has previously taught in various schools in Finland, the Palestinian Conservatory in Jerusalem, North London Colourstrings Centre, Colourstrings Saturday School and Dulwich College Kindergarten School, DUCKS.
Besides teaching violin and viola, she co-ordinates and coaches chamber music, teaches Pre-Prep music classes and conducts string orchestras both in the Prep and Senior School. Her free time is spent playing the violin in a string quartet, and she also gives recitals with her husband who is a pianist. Hobbies include reading, films, travelling and languages. She speaks Finnish, English, Swedish, a bit of Russian and Hebrew which she is currently trying to improve. She has two young children and two cats, Priscilla and Puncho.
Mr M Calvo - Assistant Head of Strings
Miguel studied cello at the Conservatorio Pablo Sarasate of Navarra in his home town of Pamplona before moving to London over 15 years ago. Having studied fixed-do solfege for many years, Miguel found it a surprising and eye opening experience to learn movable-do solfege in his Kodaly classes while a student at Trinity College of Music. That led him to be trained as a Colourstrings teacher with the inspirational figure of Csaba Szilvay. You can find him teaching cello through the Colourstrings method in the Colourstrings Saturday School as well as in Dulwich College, Donhead Preparatory School and St. Catherine's, Bramley.
Miguel's interest for ancient, rarely heard music developed even further while completing his Masters in Early Music at the Guildhall School of Music. You can hear him playing a very old cello with gut strings with his group the Haydn Lute Trio.
Miguel loves sports but particularly cycling (especially on the tiny wheels of a Brompton bike), cooking (oh! those brownies recipes from different pupils' parents), travelling (anywhere, anytime, but especially home) and going to the Globe Theatre (even though they don't speak in Spanish!)
Miss C Olver - School Organist and Head of Organ Studies; Academic Music
Catherine began learning the organ with Donald Davison at the age of fifteen when she was awarded a three-year scholarship by the Church of Ireland. Since then, she has become an Associate of both the London College of Music in Piano Performance (2013) and of the Royal College of Organists (2017) and has been an organ scholar at Rochester Cathedral and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
Following her graduation from Cambridge University, Catherine took on the role of Acting Assistant Director of Chapel Music in Winchester College, before taking up her current post as Academic Music Teacher, School Organist and Head of Organ Studies at St Catherine’s. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys directing the Chapel Choir and co-coordinating the Jennifer Bate Organ Academy for female organists.
Mr I Young – Head of Contemporary Music and Percussion
Ian embarked on his professional music career in 1980 when enlisting into the Armed Forces as a musician. After studying percussion and drum kit at Kneller Hall, The Royal Military School of Music, he then returned to the RCT Staff Band where he completed many overseas concert tours which included Hong Kong, Egypt, France Germany and Cyprus and in 1989 accompanied H.M. the Queen on her State Tour of Jordan.
On leaving the army in 1994, Ian continued his busy performing teaching career as well as developing his teaching and music management business. He studied with the late Kenny Clare and then went on to acting as dep for Kenny back in the 80's with ‘The Pizza Express All-stars' in London’s West End Jazz Clubs. Other Freelance engagements have included dates with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and television broadcasts with Lulu, Diana Krall, Marti Pellow and Russell Watson. In 2014, Ian was invited to perform on board the cruise ship Minerva to commemorate the D Day 70th anniversary, with a band consisting of former Royal Marine’s musicians.
Ian holds the post of Head of Percussion and Contemporary Music at St Catherine’s School in Bramley, Surrey and is also the Director of the school’s Concert and Jazz Band. His other musical activities include directing the Farnham Big Band and running his own Big Band, The Ian James Orchestra, who perform all over the country.
Mr D Lloyd - Conductor of Symphony Orchestra; Bassoon; Academic Music
Don Lloyd was born and raised in Bournemouth. The main musical influence in his teenage years was the Bandmaster at Oakmead School for Boys, Courtney Bosanko. Don left school in 1976 and joined the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal, as a bassoonist. He passed out from training a term early in 1978 and was posted to Staff Band as the Principal Bassoon. Don served with the Royal Marines Band Service for the next 32 years, rising to the rank of Warrant Officer Bandmaster, concluding his career as the Chief Instructor Higher Training, at the Royal Marines School of Music, HMS Nelson. Whilst in the Royal Marines Band Service he served all over the world. The D-Day 60th anniversary celebrations and the closure of Hong Kong were just two highlights from a long and varied career.
Don passed the ATCL performers diploma in 1997 and gained his Associated Board Certificate of Teaching (CT ABRSM) in 2000. In 2002 he was one of the first group of Royal Marine Musicians to graduate with BMus(Hons) through the association with Portsmouth University. He then gained the LRSM with distinction at the end of the Bandmasters' Course in 2003.
In 2008 he came to the end of his service career and retrained as a music teacher, he has since taught at several schools in West Sussex as Music Teacher, Head of Music and Deputy Head Teacher. As well as his post at St Catherine’s, Don also works for Southampton Music Service as a Woodwind Teacher as well as Musical Director for the Brassroots brass band. Don is also the Musical Director of Meridian Winds, a post he has held since 2009.
Miss E Bathurst – Academic Music
Elizabeth studied music at Durham University, graduating from her BA course in 2011. Having been offered a place for PGCE at the University of Cambridge, she deferred this to continue her academic studies and completed an MA in Musicology at Durham, focusing her research on the 20th Century English composer, Frank Bridge. During her four years at Durham, Elizabeth became particularly involved in choral singing and chamber music, and, with several other music students, founded one of the now established auditioning university orchestras, The Palatinate Orchestra. She also played cello in the University Orchestra Society, and participated in many opera and musical productions in both the chorus and pit bands. Having sung in several chapel choirs and The Palatinate Voices in Durham, Elizabeth went on to sing with Queens’ College Chapel Choir during her year at the college in Cambridge. Drawing from her performing background and teacher training, Elizabeth firmly believes in the value of practical experience for students and aims to make music accessible to all ranges of ability. She loves going to the opera and the theatre, and is also a keen skier and has recently learnt to scuba dive.
Mrs G Hannant – Music Administrator and PA to the Director of Music
Having studied Modern Languages at Manchester, Gillian went on to take a Master’s Diploma in Marketing. She has worked in Marketing, International Events and as a trilingual PA for an International Medical Laser Company, a Global Investment Company and for the IISS, a political think tank; running conferences across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Gillian has lived and studied in Vienna, Austria. Gillian joined St Catherine’s in 2009. As a mother of two young boys she now spends most of her weekends watching climbing competitions or cheering at the side of a rugby, football or cricket pitch.
Miss N Andre – Piano
Throughout her life, Nadine’s versatility as a musician has enabled her to perform on international platforms in many different capacities. A personal invitation from Paolo Fazioli to demonstrate his pianos at the MusikMesse Frankfurt, led to a solo recital at St. James’s, Piccadilly in 2010.
As winner of the National Piano Competition in North London at the age of 17, Nadine went on to receive 3rd prize in the International Anglo Czech-Slovak Competition in 2007 and has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the Royal Festival Hall, The Forge, Steinway Hall London, and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Nadine has recorded for Optimum Television Ltd and Temple Music Studios, and performed as an orchestral pianist with the London Chamber Orchestra and the Bushey Symphony Orchestra.
Nadine is a co-founding member of contemporary fusion-ensemble Trifarious, who perform internationally, commissioning and recording new music, and work annually with composition students at St. Catherine’s School and the Royal Academy of Music. Trifarious also champions the music of one of the first female figure-heads of jazz, Barbara Thompson OBE, and will soon be touring Germany and France with her music. Also in demand as teacher and chamber coach, Nadine teaches at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music in London and is the co-founder of the Natural Music Centre with her husband, Paul Cavaciuti.
As one half of The Cavaciuti Duo, Nadine regularly plays ragtime and jazz in care-homes and community centres across Surrey and runs a regular concert series in south London called Classical Babies. Nadine loves to play to audiences of all kinds in many diverse settings, from house concerts to concert halls, and currently enjoys working directly with composers on their new compositions, and further exploring the world of jazz
Mrs J Barklem – Voice
Jan Barklem was born in Scotland and graduated in Law at the University of Dundee. She lived for several years in Hong Kong where she studied with Michael Rippon and gained her LGSM diploma. Jan has appeared in a wide variety of roles in opera, operetta and musicals in the UK and Hong Kong including Anna in "The Merry Widow", Rosalinde in "Die Fledermaus", Micaela in "Carmen", Maria in "The Sound Of Music", Amelia in "Masked Ball" and many of the soprano leads in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan. As a concert performer, Jan has sung in a range of oratorios and recitals which include Handel's "Messiah" and "Samson", Bach's "St John Passion", Mozart’s, Brahms' and Faure's "Requiem", Orff's "Carmina Burana", Strauss' "Four Last Songs" and Schumann's "Frauenliebe und leben". Jan has been teaching for twenty years and currently works at St Catherine's, Bramley and Farnborough Sixth Form College.
Mrs L Bradbury - Recorder, Flute, Piano
Mrs L Brown – Voice
Laura Brown was educated at Wells Cathedral School and from there won an organ scholarship to Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, to read Music. During these years she conducted The Creation by Haydn, Stabat Mater by Dvorak, Mozart’s Requiem and was MD for Fiddler on the Roof as well as singing in various college performances. Laura then went to the USA to study for a Master’s degree and acted as vocal coach in the Illinois Opera Theatre working on Mozart’s Magic Flute and Suor Angelica by Puccini, as well as working with Sir Roger Norrington for the Schutz 400th anniversary celebrations. Later, in London, Laura conducted performances of Il Trovatore and Tosca as well as working with Chelsea Opera Group on many less well-known operas. While in Plymouth, Laura worked with ENO on a regional production of Arion and the Dolphin as well as conducting West Side Story and Chicago. The directing and conducting side of the music profession is where Laura’s strengths have always lain, and this continued with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in Guildford, another run of Magic Flute in Woking, and regular concerts with The Octavian Singers.
Mrs F Campbell - Voice
Fiona Campbell was educated at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester and was awarded a scholarship to study singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Whilst there she performed roles in ‘Dido and Aeneas’, ‘Queen of Spades’, ‘The Knot Garden’, ‘Werther’ and the role of Laodice in the first British production of Handel’s ‘Siroe’ with the London Handel Society. Fiona was a member of the chorus of English National Opera for ten years working with many renowned conductors and soloists. She is an experienced Oratorio soloist and has performed throughout Britain and Europe including Haydn’s ‘Creation’ at the Barbican and Mozart’s Requiem at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Fiona currently teaches singing at St Catherine’s, Ardingly College and Holmewood House School
Mrs L Cordell – Harp
Popular award-winning harpist Luisa-Maria Cordell has travelled the world performing and teaching the harp. Luisa has a busy freelance career playing for orchestras and performing as a solo recitalist for European recital series and has been the featured Classical artiste for well known cruise-liners. Luisa recently made a recording with ‘cellist Julian Lloyd Webber. Luisa has performed for many dignitaries including members of the Royal Family including the Queen and various Prime Ministers and Statesmen such as The Clinton Family.
Luisa is a popular tutor who enjoys passing on her love of the harp. She has been an invited guest tutor for the Clarsach Society, The Edinburgh harp festival, National schools Orchestras and The European Youth Orchestra. Some of Luisa’s pupils have gone to become successful music scholars at schools such as Wells Cathedral School and various London music college junior departments.
Luisa is the founder and Director of The National Youth Harp Orchestra of Great Britain. Nurturing and tutoring the NYHO is a very special and enjoyable part of Luisa’s career. The NYHO performs all over Europe and most recently America. It is a platform of unique and tremendous opportunities for harp enthusiast of all ages. It is a positive and inspirational training ground for the world of performing. The revered Professor of harp studies at The Royal College of music Daphne Boden has recently become their patron.
Luisa’s other fulfilling role is being a Mum to her two young children Daniel and Ayala.
Ms J Freeman – Piano
Julia Freeman studied under Max Pirani on The Performers' Course at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won several prizes for piano performance and aural training. She subsequently lived in the United States for ten years, working extensively as a freelance accompanist throughout the Midwest. Engagements included numerous recitals at both graduate and faculty level within the University system, broadcasting live on Chicago's Classical Radio Station, guest appearances at Summer Festivals and playing for several stages of the Metropolitan Opera awards. On her return to England she became Director of Music at an Independent Girls’ School, which post she held for thirteen years. Her choirs there were twice chosen to take part in the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth at the South Bank. Teaching has featured prominently throughout her life; past pupils have gained places at all of the national conservatoires and many have enjoyed exam and competition success. In the summer of 2013 one of her pupils was awarded the ABRSM Gold Medal for achieving the highest Grade 8 mark in the country. She still accompanies when she has time; she is accompanist to the Farnham Youth Choir, twice BBC Choir of the year and holder of numerous international Grands Prix.
Mr M Goodman - Acoustic, Electric & Bass Guitar
Mike has been recording and gigging internationally as both a guitarist and MD for over 20 years for many artists including Wiley, Living in a Box, Jake Gosling, Kenny Thomas, Liv Dawson, Nate James, Bucks Fizz (now The Fizz), Cass Fox (Faithless), Thomas Jules (Rudimental) and leading function band Madhen.
For 10 years, he had his own monthly column in Guitarist Magazine studying theory, lead and rhythm playing and has for this past year been writing copy for Total Guitar magazine in collaboration with RSL. He is one of the team of guitar tutors for Guitar Breaks, a company that offers residential retreats in locations around the world for aspiring players and has worked alongside Matt Schofield and Ariel Posen.
He has contributed arrangements, content and recordings for the Rockschool Electric Guitar syllabus and currently works as a consultant and video contributor for the new ABRSM Electric Guitar Journeys Tuition. He has endorsed and demonstrated for Palm Bay Guitars, Randall Amplifiers and Fylde Guitars at Trade shows around the country.
Along with playing, he wrote, recorded and produced music for several TV series and programmes including Wildlife Photographer, Lifeboat rescue and Wildlife SOS. He has taught in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, 6th Form Colleges and has worked at ACM since 1997 as a Guitar Tutor teaching from Level 2 up to Level 6. In his time there he held various positions such as Senior Lecturer, Module Leader and Performance School Assistant Manager. He has not only taught guitar and performance classes, but ear training, sight-reading, stylistic awareness, session styles and improvisation. He led the design of modules and their assessments and contributed to the composition of course notes.
Mrs C Harding - Double Bass
Miss E Hayley – Piano; Accompanist
Elizabeth is a successful and versatile musician; her work has taken her all over the world, including appearances in Sweden at The World Clown Congress, in Canada giving masterclasses and recitals, in Jamaica as music educator, touring Ireland as Assistant MD for ‘Side by Side’ by Sondheim, in the UK as soloist in piano concertos and conducting award-winning choral/operatic societies, playing with world-renowned groups such as The Pump Room Trio in Bath and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. As an accompanist she has worked with Malcolm Martineau and Roger Vignoles, performed with acclaimed artistes such as trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins, trombonist Gordon Campbell, singers Benjamin Luxon, Rupert Charlesworth, Lorna Anderson, and actress Dame Harriet Walter. As well as teaching and accompanying at St Catherine's, she examines internationally as a Classical & Jazz Examiner for ABRSM, repetiteurs at The Royal Academy of Dance and teaches Piano at Eton College.
Ms L Hayter - Oboe
Louise Hayter graduated from The Royal College of Music in 2005 and shortly after moved to Hong Kong as Guest Principal Oboe in the HK Sinfonietta. Since returning to the UK, Louise performs regularly with orchestras such as the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Royal Ballet Sinfonia, to name a few. She is principal oboe for English Touring Opera and also enjoys working in the West End shows.
Louise is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with students of all ages. She is a Visiting Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatorie of Music and Dance and has given many masterclasses there and further afield in places such as Hong Kong and India.
Mrs F Howe – Flute
Fiona Howe studied at the Royal College of Music with John Francis and David Butt , where she won the Oliver Dawson Woodwind Prize. Since leaving the College, she has worked as a free-lance musician and as a member of chamber groups and orchestras, performing at London venues including the South Bank, the Barbican Centre, St. John’s Smith’s Square and St. Martin in the Fields. She has also toured throughout Britain and the Middle East for music clubs and festivals and she has made recordings for radio, television and educational CDs. Currently she teaches at St. Catherine’s School, Guildford High School and the Royal Grammar School and she also has a large private practice. She teaches students from beginner through to Grade 8 and diploma level, as well as coaching ensembles in schools and at music courses.
Mr P Howe – Guitar
Peter was a student at the Royal College of Music, and went on to write and perform guitar music for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company. He worked alongside well known actors including Daniel Day-Lewis, Sheila Hancock, and Sir Michael Gambon. He also toured throughout Europe and the USA with both theatre companies.
As well as a solo performing and recording career, Peter also belonged to the renowned Tetra Quartet, who have recorded and performed extensively worldwide, including several recitals on London’s South Bank. He has performed live on BBC Radios 2 and 3, Classic FM, and many local stations throughout the UK.
Peter is an enthusiastic teacher whose students range from beginner to Diploma level. His experience includes St. Catherine’s School, the Peper Harow Community, Christ’s Hospital, Guildford High School and The Royal Grammar School.
Ms V Isfryn - Trumpet
Victoria first started playing the Cornet when she was 8 years old, she was approached by a brass musician and was asked to audition for Chethams School of Music, she was successful in her audition and started the school in 2001 at the age of the 13. During Victoria’s time there she was given the opportunity to study with some of the leading Trumpet players in the world. After 5 years at Chethams Victoria moved on to the Royal Northern College of Music and completed her undergraduate degree in Musical performance. Since her studies, Victoria has performed with some of the countries leading Orchestras including The Hallè and The RSNO. Since moving to London in 2012 Victoria’s musical adventure continues with performing on shows including, Funny Girl, Miss Saigon, Wicked, Evita. Recently Victoria played with Rod Stewart appearing on popular TV shows such as ‘This Morning’ and ‘Strictly come dancing’. She continues as a free-lance trumpet player and teaching in various private schools around London and Surrey.
Ms E Knight - Piano
Esther Knight, award winning accompanist and chamber musician, recently completed her MMus in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music under the tutelage of Malcolm Martineau and James Baillieu. As the winner of the Flora Nielsen Accompanists Prize for French song 2019, and winner of the Major Van Someren-Godfrey Accompanist’s Prize for English Song 2018, Esther is specialising in song recital accompaniment, supported by Talent Unlimited.
Esther previously studied piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with Isobel Anderson and Graeme McNaught, graduating in 2015. During her undergraduate studies, she enjoyed many successes as a soloist, achieving ‘Highly commended’ in the Bach competition 2014, ‘Commended’ in the Governor's Recital Prize for Piano 2015, and performed in the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015.
In the two years between her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Esther took lessons with Jonathan Plowright, gave local recitals with violinists and singers, and took part in a project performing Grieg's songs in Bergen, in addition to working in Glasgow as a piano teacher, choir accompanist and ballet pianist.
Mrs G Langley – Clarinet & Saxophone
Glynis graduated from The London College of Music where she studied clarinet with Wilf Kealey. She played in small wind ensembles in London and Surrey and also sang in various choirs and has performed many venues including The Queen Elizabeth Hall and The Royal Festival Hall.
After raising a family, Glynis focused on teaching and took up the saxophone and bass clarinet. She studied teaching techniques with James Froseth and jazz with Mike Hall.
She has taught clarinet and saxophone for Surrey County Arts for over 20 years and has taught at various schools in Surrey, including Charterhouse.Throughout her career, Glynis has continued to sing and has enjoyed singing with Guildford Cathedral Singers for over 15 years as well as other voluntary cathedral choirs. She also enjoys playing for musicals and other theatrical productions.
Mrs J McDonough – Violin & Viola
Originally from Yorkshire, Julia studied at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths’ College, London, before beginning her orchestral career as a member of the First Violins at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Glasgow. Three years later, she returned to Leeds as a member of Opera North, playing chamber and orchestral concerts alongside the operatic repertoire.
Living in Dorking and Guildford since 1994 has brought an interesting variety of study, including an MA in Performance Practice, teaching, at independent schools in Surrey and Hampshire, and performance, including engagements with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Surrey’s own orchestra, Southern Pro Musica.
Commercial session recordings at the major studios such as Abbey Road, Pinewood, Angel and Air Studios have also added variety to her musical portfolio.
Mrs M Nash – Clarinet & Saxophone
Michelle studied Music at Canterbury, gaining a BA Hons and later gaining a postgraduate diploma in Music Education. As a woodwind doubler Michelle has played in numerous shows and pit orchestras. Her performing work has taken her all over the UK playing with a variety of orchestras, big bands and contemporary ensembles in venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, Canterbury Cathedral and the Jazz Cafe. Michelle has performed live and broadcast on Radio 3, BBC 6 music and throughout Europe and the USA.
Ms J Ortony - French Horn
Jessica started learning the French horn aged 8 and went on to join Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School. Jessica received a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying under David McCleneghan and John Logan. She graduated with a BMus, PGDip and a Distinction for her Masters in Music Performance. During Jessica’s time at the RCS she won the Governors Brass Recital Prize and began to work as a freelance horn player. As part of her Masters she performed Strauss 1st horn concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and at the end of her time studying she was awarded the Peter Morrison Prize.
In 2008 Jessica successfully auditioned to attend the London Symphony Orchestra brass academy course tutored by David Pyatt and was a finalist for their solo recital competition. Jessica worked in Scotland playing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and also gained 2nd horn trials with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Orchestra of Scottish Ballet.
Jessica taught for Renfrewshire and Dundee music services as well as Sistema Scotland before moving south and teaching for Worcestershire Youth Music. Jessica has been working for Berkshire Maestros for the past two years where she teaches brass as well as directing and coaching a number of ensembles and has recently joined the staff at St Catherine’s.
Miss C Potter – Clarinet & Saxophone
Chloë Potter is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer and sound designer. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Chloë has performed at notable venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, The Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Concert Hall, Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club, The O2 Centre and 606 Jazz Club. She has also performed before Her Majesty the Queen and dignitaries from across the Commonwealth on multiple occasions. With a strong passion for music education, Chloë has organised and lead 'Song Squad' workshops helping children to develop their composition and performance skills. She currently works for 'Now>Press>Play', crafting the soundtrack and sound design for their educational audio experiences. As a composer, Chloë has received commissions from a diverse array of international clients, scoring for short films, documentaries, art installations, audio-books, and multiple ensembles. Previous clients include the London 2012 Olympic Games, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and Sony Music.
Miss Irena Radić – Piano
An award-winning pianist and versatile chamber musician, Irena Radić graduated from the Royal College of Music, London in 2018 with a Bachelor of Music (Hons). Prior to that she attended the RCM’s Junior Department, supported by the Tsukanov Family Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Else and Leonard Cross Charitable Trust.
Irena regularly performs with various ensembles alongside her work as a soloist, including duos with flute, oboe, violin and 2 pianos. She is a founding member of Trio Tonada, and with Swedish guitarist Jonatan Bougt she performs their own arrangements alongside original repertoire for Guitar & Piano duo. A recipient of the RCM’s Cotes-Burgan Scholarship, Irena received awards in 2019 from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Hilda Martindale Trust. In 2018 she was a finalist in the Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition, and won second prize in the RCM’s Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition. Also an experienced orchestral pianist and celeste player, Irena was selected as a Philharmonia MMSF Piano Fellow 2018-19 as part of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s Instrumental Fellowship Programme. The same year, she was chosen as a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award Holder and received support from the St Marylebone Educational Foundation.
Based in London, Irena teaches a range of pupils of all abilities from young children to adults. Her teaching draws on inspiration from her own esteemed professors - Dina Parakhina, Niel Immelman and Lynette Stulting - and is also influenced by the Suzuki method having studied with Jenny Macmillan from an early age. Irena has a keen interest in anatomy and injury prevention, drawing on knowledge from methods such as the Alexander Technique and Timani to tailor her lessons to each individual student.
In her free time Irena enjoys knitting, drawing, growing houseplants and baking sourdough bread.
Miss J Shim - Piano
Jinah studied piano performance at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she is currently now a Guildhall Artist Fellow. She has performed solo rectials around the UK, including Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall and St. Martin in the Fields. She also performs concertos with various orchestras and has worked alongside the assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra with Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2.
In previous years, Jinah has won "Chandos Young Musician of the Year 2011" and was also the first Guildhall winner of 2011 Enesvu scholarship. In 2015, she won 2nd prize at Brighton's Springboard Concerto competition and 1st prize at Christopher Duke. She is currently an artist for Making Music's Young Artist's Concert Scheme, which she also won in 2015. Jinah is also an avid chamber music fan and represented the UK at Stellenbosch Music Festival with Sonos Piano Trio in 2014 and has performed at Orpheus and Bacchus Festival in France with Hill Piano Quartet.
Miss J Spencer – ‘Cello
Jayne studied ‘cello at the Guildhall with Raphael Wallfisch after which she played with the London and Vienna Festival Ballet companies before moving to the Far East in 1988, where she continued to play and teach in Singapore and Brunei.
Returning home, Jayne became the cellist with the Salieri Quartet, playing for Classic FM’s ‘Mostly Mozart’ Series at the Barbican, recording Matthew Taylor’s 4th Quartet for Toccata Classics and premiering the work at the Barbican London in 2012. Jayne continues to work with Salieri and also works with English National Ballet in London’s West End. Teaching and working as a cellist in Surrey and London, Jayne is also a keen swimmer and runner, swimming for Surrey and regularly running marathons.
Mr B Sutton – Violin & Viola
Barry Sutton studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London from 1983-1987 and left with a performance degree (A.G.S.M.) gaining a distinction in teaching. He has played with numerous orchestras including The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, The Orchestra of St. John’s Smith Square, The Endymion Ensemble and The Purcell Orchestra. He played in “Chess” at the Prince Edward Theatre. Barry was invited to join the teaching staff at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Junior Department, teaching violin, conducting string ensembles and coaching chamber music, and eventually becoming Academic Assistant (Deputy Head) in 1997. Barry has been a specialist string examiner for the Guildhall School and has worked for the examination department training examiners. As a chamber musician he has played both violin and viola. Barry has taught in a number of local schools including Hurstpierpoint College, the Rikkyo School in England and St. Mary’s Choir School, Reigate. At present he is teaching at St. Catherine’s School, Bramley and Farlington School, Horsham. He is leader of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra and regularly freelances in the South of England.
Mr P Sykes – Lower Brass
Paul studied at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall under William Teskey. Paul's professional career as a freelance trombonist has taken him all over the world performing in a wide range of styles and settings. He performs regularly in London and across the county and has also deputised on West End shows. Paul currently leads his own 18-piece big band and is the trombonist with the Piccadilly Dance Orchestra.
Paul coaches the Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra trombone section and deputises as conductor. He also teaches at Lord Wandsworth College, Churches' College Senior and Junior School, for Hampshire Music Service and Surrey Arts.
Paul has taught since the age of 20 and is a passionate teacher who believes that music should be learnt in a fun way. He teaches Associated Board and Trinity Guildhall exams from beginner to advanced level, and all styles of music from classical, to current chart songs and jazz standards.
Mrs R Thomas - Piano
Rachael began playing the piano at a very early age followed shortly by the violin. After attending the Royal College of Music Junior Department she progressed to the Senior Department as an Undergraduate Scholar studying with John Barstow. Whilst at College she developed a passion for 20th Century and Contemporary music, performing with the RCM’s New Perspectives Ensemble under Edwin Roxburgh and subsequently becoming a member of the London Contemporary Music Group with whom she premiered works by leading and emerging British composers. As well as performing solo and chamber music across the UK Rachael strongly believes in working across art forms and has worked within the field of Contemporary Dance, even being required to join in the movement whilst playing live! She has also collaborated on new Opera both for the Royal Opera House and the Tête à Tête festival, her personal highlight being the opportunity to work with poet Ian McMillan.
Rachael particularly enjoys working with young people and accompanying a wide range of ages and abilities, from Grade 1 exams through to The BBC Young Musician of the Year. Recently she was thrilled to be involved in a huge project, Dragon Song, encompassing massed choirs and community schools to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Sr George’s College where she is a VMT. The transformative power of music for young people is something Rachael feels passionate about and she believes strongly it should be accessible to all children. As a result Rachael also works in primary schools within the state sector delivering class lessons based on Kodaly’s educational techniques and promoting singing as an instrument that can give all children a rich musical foundation from a very early age. She also has written numerous songs and plays for school children to perform and believes even the most battered school piano can have a role to play in enriching a child’s musical experience!
Mrs A Tinker - Piano
Alexandra was awarded a Bachelors of Music (Hons) - First Class, and a Masters of Science in Performance Science - Distinction, both from the Royal College of Music, London, UK. She has played numerous solo concerts in the UK in venues such as the Southbank Centre, V&A Museum, Charlton House and Waltham Abbey, but also internationally, in France, Greece, Japan and native Romania. Together with her husband, they perform as the Passepartout Piano Duo, with a specific focus on orchestral reductions for piano four hands and school workshops. Alexandra is passionate about outreach work and pedagogy, having been awarded a LRSM Teaching Diploma with Distinction in the summer of 2015, by the ABRSM. Her students are keen musicians, often winning prizes in competitions and festivals. Alexandra's interests also include the harpsichord and composition, subjects she studied while at the RCM, in addition to principal study piano, as well as psychology, health, wellbeing and performance science.
Examination Board: Edexcel
Why study Music?
Studying Music gives you the ability to express yourself through different media, as both an academic and creative musician. You will develop your performance and compositional skills, as well as gaining a more informed understanding of how and why music was written and performed. It is a highly respected academic subject, combining well with other Arts and Humanity A Levels or Sciences. Universities welcome musicians as they are self-motivated, inquisitive, cultured and inspiring people.
Students will have opportunities to practise performance skills in solo and/or ensemble work, to compose music in styles of their own choice, and to learn about the basics of Harmony through specific technical study. Aural and analytical skills will be cultivated by way of six Areas of Study: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.
For students who want to take this course, the experience of interacting with music from a wide range of time and place will provide you with a broad and satisfying experience with valuable new insights into the world of music. This course also offers ideal opportunities for those who wish to progress further to degree level qualifications in music.
- Performing (30%): 8 minute recital (approx. grade 7-8 standard) (3 minutes in Summer 2021)
- Composing (30%): two compositions (at least one to a specific brief) with a combined length of at least 6 mins. (one free composition for 3 minutes length in Summer 2021)
- Appraising (40%): a 2 hour 10 minute written paper focusing on set works and listening skills
Examination Board: CAIE
IGCSE Music is about making and listening to music. It covers performance, composition and listening in a wide variety of musical styles, and there are opportunities to become more familiar with music technology too. Areas of study covered include Classical, Contemporary, Popular and World Music.
Will I enjoy this course?
Yes, if you already like:
Listening to a wide variety of music from the Baroque period to more contemporary styles and want to know the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of music
Composing or arranging
I’m interested – tell me more!
Some of the types of music we study will be familiar, some will not: what is certainly true is that you will gain a breadth of understanding and appreciation that will enrich your music-making for life.
You will become a proficient composer – and you don’t have to be Mozart to do well! Some people have tunes in their heads that they are just bursting to write down: we will show you how to do it. It’s a great feeling to have other people playing and listening to music which you have written! The composing software that we use enables you to compose your piece, print it out, mix it down and either burn it onto CD or listen to it on your phone or iPad!
For the Performance paper, you will need to be around Grade 5 standard by the time you sit the IGCSE examination, and you should expect to perform both as a soloist and in an ensemble.
Classes are fun and varied – you’ll have a great time as well as learning a huge amount about the subject.
I’m thinking about the future – what useful skills will it give me?
IGCSE Music gives you analytical and technical skills that you can easily transfer to other disciplines. It also shows that you have the interest and tenacity to develop your academic understanding of a hobby.
How will I be examined?
There are three areas that will be examined:
The Performance and Composition modules are both coursework and will require you to submit your work by a given deadline. For the Listening paper, you will listen to a specially-prepared CD and answer questions related to the music we will have studied during the course.
- Performing (30%): ensemble and solo performance
- Composing (30%): two compositions
- Appraising (40%): a 1 hour 15 mins written paper focusing on set works and listening skills
All year groups study Music through performance and composition as well as theory and have access to a wide range of resources.
U3 (taught as two 10-week modules)
- Fundamentals of Music
- Musical Structures
L4 (taught as two 10-week modules)
- History of Western Music (from Renaissance to modern day)
- World Music (Indian, African and Indonesian)
U4 (taught as a double lesson every other week throughout the year)
- Music for the moving image
- Cross-curricular project with the Drama dept
- The Blues